Alumni Retreat 2017 Reflection

Voices
12 May 2017

A reflection of the very first Teach First NZ Alumni Retreat, by alumni and for alumni, which kicked off on April 28th 2017 - the last Friday of the school holidays. 

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Participant Video Blog- Rebekah Hines

Voices
11 April 2017

Rebekah Hines is a participant of our Cohort 2017, teaching English up at Whangarei Girls High School. Check out her video blog and hear the stories of life as a Teach First NZer!

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Following the C17 Journey: Kieran Gainsford

Voices
10 April 2017

Participants of Cohort 2017 share their part of the journey on the Teach First NZ Programme. From the Summer Initial Intensive beginning November 2016 and right up to the end of 2018 when they complete their two years on the programme, we will hear from different participants to gain insights into their schools and communities.

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Teaching and Being Taught - Mitchell Denham

Voices
3 April 2017

Mitchell Denham (C15) has spent the past few years teaching at Northland College. Read on to hear about his experience teaching in "the forgotten region" and his reflections on being part of the Teach First NZ Programme.

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Finding our voice - Charles Looker

Voices
24 March 2017

Charles Looker, from our 2016 Cohort, teaches Te Reo Māori at Onehunga High School and was this years Polyfest Kapa Haka tutor. Hear his reflections from Polyfest 2017 here.

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Following the C17 Journey: Ruby Grant

Voices
20 March 2017

Participants of Cohort 2017 share their part of the journey on the Teach First NZ Programme. From the Summer Initial Intensive beginning November 2016 and right up to the end of 2018 when they complete their two years on the programme, we will hear from different participants to gain insights into their schools and communities.

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Following the C17 Journey: Waikaraka Ruwhiu-Toms

Voices
24 February 2017

Participants of Cohort 2017 share their part of the journey on the Teach First NZ Programme. From the Summer Initial Intensive beginning November 2016 and right up to the end of 2018 when they complete their two years on the programme, we will hear from different participants to gain insights into their schools and communities.

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Following the C17 Journey: Sarah Dodd

Voices
8 February 2017

Participants of Cohort 2017 share their part of the journey on the Teach First NZ Programme. From the Summer Initial Intensive beginning November 2016 and right up to the end of 2018 when they complete their two years on the programme, we will hear from different participants to gain insights into their schools and communities.

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Following the C17 Journey: Denyce Su’a

Voices
20 January 2017

Participants of Cohort 2017 share their part of the journey on the Teach First NZ Programme. From the Summer Initial Intensive beginning November 2016 and right up to the end of 2018 when they complete their two years on the programme, we will hear from different participants to gain insights into their schools and communities.

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Participant Video Blog: Jeremy Downing

Voices
15 December 2016

Hear the thoughts and experiences of one of our participants, Jeremy Downing (2015 cohort), first hand!

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Ako Mātātupu 2016- What will it take?

News items - Voices
22 November 2016

Emily Looker reflects on the Ako Mātātupu event held at Auckland University Faculty of Education and Social Work.

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Following the C17 Journey: Philip McKibbin

Voices
21 November 2016

Participants of Cohort 2017 share their part of the journey on the Teach First NZ Programme. From the Summer Initial Intensive beginning November 2016 and right up to the end of 2018 when they complete their two years on the programme, we will hear from different participants to gain insights into their schools and communities.

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Teach First NZ scoops TWO industry awards!

News items - Voices - In the media
17 October 2016

We're incredibly proud to announce that Teach First NZ has scooped up TWO industry awards at the 2016 NZ Association of Graduate Employers Awards.

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Life as an Assistant Whānau Leader – What Leadership Means

Voices
7 October 2016

Helen Embleton (C14), teaching English at One Tree Hill College, shares a reflective piece on what leadership means, from the perspective of her role as Assistant Whānau Leader. 

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Participant Video Blog: William Chen

Voices
30 September 2016

William is from our 2016 cohort and is currently teaching General Science at Southern Cross Campus. Check out his year so far at Southern Cross Campus, Mangere East!

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Coming Home & Giving Back

Voices
31 August 2016

Kristina Te Whata shares her thoughts about "keeping the home fires burning with local educational initiatives"

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Tamaki College students head to Silicon Valley

Voices
25 August 2016

Saia Tukuafu (year 12) from Tamaki College shares about his life changing trip to Silicon Valley with classmates and teacher Jason Sharma from cohort 2014.

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Doing good better - a few words with Monty Jones (Cohort 2015)

Voices
10 August 2016

Two years ago Monty Jones stepped away from his corporate career to work as a Teach First NZ participant. Here he shares a few words about what evoked this change of path and why he calls this shift his "best life defining decision to date."

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Onehunga High School visit with global guests from Teach for All

Voices
9 August 2016

Last Tuesday a group of international guests from our global network partner Teach For All were welcomed into Onehunga High School by a group of year 10 Māori students who are taught by Cohort 2016 participant Charles Looker.

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Mid-Year Intensive at Waitangi & Tautoro

News items - Voices
21 July 2016

On the first morning of the July school holidays, Teach First NZ participants, alumni, staff, guests and families gathered at the University of Auckland Epsom campus, coffee in hand, to board the bus bound for Waitangi.

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Vaughan Spurdle (C16) reflects on 2016 Mid-Year Intensive

Voices
20 July 2016

Vaughan Spurdle (C16) teaches English at Tamaki College and has just been appointed to the school's Board of Trustees. Here he shares his thoughts from the recent trip to Northland.

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Kumara Vine: Tracie Pile (2015 cohort)

Voices - In the media
1 July 2016

Tracie Pile graduated from Te Wananga o Raukawa with a Bachelor of Matauranga Maori. Before she joined the Teach First NZ programme she was an Administrator at Te Wananga o Raukawa. Now she teaches te reo Māori at James Cook High School, Manurewa. 

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Time out listening to the future - A reflection by Esther Rakete

Voices
30 June 2016

Teach First NZ hosted an Education Focus Group at Mission Heights High School as part of the 2016 Aotearoa Youth Declaration in April. Members of our Alumni community, Esther Rakete and Rebecca McGrath facilitated a workshop that sought to challenge the UN Youth on their perceptions of and aspirations for education in Aotearoa. Esther Rakete reflects on her experience of the workshop. 

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Sophie Barr: Reflections from Global Teaching Summit 2016

Voices
17 May 2016

Sophie Barr from our 2015 cohort was one of four representatives from New Zealand at the annual Teach For All Global Teaching Summit, held in Malaysia this year. 

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Jeremy Downing: Reflections from Malaysia

Voices - Partner stories
16 May 2016

Reflections from the 2016 Teach For All Global Teaching Summit by Jeremy Downing (2015 Cohort, English Teacher at James Cook High School).

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Karla Dunn: Reflections from Washington

Voices
31 March 2016

Karla Dunn, from our Alumni community and 2014 cohort, recently represented New Zealand at Teach For All's annual global Alumni Conference. Here are her reflections. 

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Jonas Kortner: You need to be there

Voices
23 February 2016

Jonas is part of our 2015 cohort and teaches Physics at One Tree Hill College. In this blog he shares a particular journey with one of his students that taught him a valuable lesson.

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Nairika Dyer, 2015 cohort (English)

Voices
23 February 2016

Nairika teaches English at Papatoetoe High School. Here are some reflections from her leadership journey so far. 

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Dilys Fong, 2015 Cohort (Physics)

Voices
27 January 2016

Dilys teaches Physics at Manurewa High School. She gives us a taste of her life as a teacher, and the approaches she uses to keep her students focused.

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Nickie Muir (2015 cohort) in the Northern Advocate

Voices - In the media
26 January 2016

Nickie Muir, from Teach First NZ's 2015 cohort, currently teaches English at Whangaroa College. She writes about her teaching journey so far.

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Cris Cucerzan: this is an address to students

Voices
17 December 2015

A poem by 2014 participant, Cris Cucerzan, performed at the recent Ako Mātātupu event.

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Nadeen Papali’i: Leading for Impact

Voices
11 December 2015

Nadeen Papali'i, from our 2013 cohort, addresses the Teach First NZ community at this year's Ako Mātātupu event.

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Mitchell Denham (C15) at poverty workshop in Parliament

News items - Voices
11 December 2015

Teach First NZ was invited to participate in the TacklingPovertyNZ workshop, sponsored by the McGuiness Institute and The Treasury, held at Parliament in December 2015. Mitchell Denham (C15) shares his reflections. 

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Participant Diary: Sam Carroll (2014 Cohort)

Voices
3 December 2015

Sam Carroll, from our graduating class of 2014 wrote a few reflections in the form of a diary entry and read this out at the recent Ako Mātātupu event.

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Tracie Pile reflects on her first year of teaching

Voices
2 December 2015

Tracie Pile, from the 2015 cohort, reflects on her first year of teaching Te Reo at James Cook High School.

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Teach First NZ CEO’s Global Conference Reflections

News items - Voices
11 November 2015

Teach First NZ CEO, Shaun Sutton, reflects on the recent Teach For All Global Conference, held in Auckland.

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Teach For All Global Conference 2015 session videos

News items - Voices - Partner stories
1 November 2015

View videos from the recent Teach For All Global Conference, held in Auckland.

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Louisa King, 2014 Cohort (Te Reo Māori): My Little Gems

Voices
21 September 2015

Louisa King teaches Te Reo Māori at Massey High School and is part of our 2014 cohort.

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Te Wiki o Te Reo at Teach First NZ

Voices
31 July 2015

Here are a collection of whakataukī, handpicked by our participants and staff.

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The stories of Ngāti Whātua

News items - Voices
23 July 2015

Robert Davidson, Associate Director of Teacher Preparation and Support for Teach First NZ, reflects on the latest Mid-Year Intensive, where both staff and participants stayed the night at Ōrākei Marae.

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Cris Cucerzan, 2014 Cohort (English): A poem

Voices
14 July 2015

Cris Cucerzan is from our 2014 cohort and teaches English at Aorere College. Inspired by his surroundings and experience at Ōrākei Marae during the Teach First NZ Mid-Year Intensive, he wrote this poem after staying the night. 

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2013 Leadership Projects

Voices - Publications
15 May 2015

All of our participants are required to undertake a leadership project in the second year of the programme. Here's what some of our 2013 cohort members came up with. 

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Kaitlyn Irving: A Milestone for Teach First NZ

Voices
15 May 2015

Kaitlyn writes about the graduation of Teach First NZ's inaugural cohort from her unique perspective of being both the wife of a participant and a staff member.

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Tracie Pile: TEDxAuckland Takeaways

Voices
12 May 2015

A few of our participants attended TEDxAuckland, held at the Victory Convention Centre a couple of weeks ago. Tracie Pile, who teaches Te Reo at James Cook High School, reflects on the speakers' stories. 

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Chris Thompson: Polyfest 2015

Voices
7 April 2015

Chris Thompson, from our 2015 Cohort, teaches Maths at Southern Cross Campus. Here, he describes his experience of Polyfest 2015.

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2nd year participant achieves special scholarship

News items - Voices - Partner stories
11 March 2015

Dr Jayne Ferguson is in her second year of the Teach First NZ programme, teaching Chemistry at Kelston Boys High School. Read on to learn about the impact Jayne has had in just her first year of teaching.

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Participant Diary 2014 - Sarah Watt

Voices
11 December 2014

A collection of diary entries by 2014 participant, Sarah Watt.

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Participant Diary 2014 - Monty Jones

Voices
1 December 2014

A couple of diary entries by Monty Jones on the Summer Initial Intensive (SII).  

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Matt Dadley, 2013 Cohort (English)

Voices
30 September 2014

Matt gives us a taste of his relationship with the photocopying machine at school.

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Interview with Teach First NZ CEO (video)

Voices
30 September 2014

Our CEO, Shaun Sutton, talks about what Teach First NZ is, and why it exists.

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Jason Sharma: 3 Expectations Vs Reality

Voices
26 September 2014

Jason is in his first year of teaching Maths at Tamaki College. He has two degrees - one in Commerce and another a Science conjoint from the University of Auckland.

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Teach First NZ: The journey so far (video)

News items - Voices
24 September 2014

Watch Teach First NZ participants talk about their journey so far...

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Ruby Knight, 2013 Cohort (English)

Voices
22 September 2014

Ruby is in her final year of the programme, teaching English at Alfriston College. She has a BA in Spanish, with a minor in English, as well as a BSc in Economics and Geography. 

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Francesca on her love for Science

Voices
17 September 2014

Francesca is currently in her final year of the Teach First NZ programme, teaching Chemistry/Science at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate in Otara, Auckland. In this blog entry, she tells us how her own fascination with Science began. 

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Natasha Ah Tune, 2014 Cohort (English)

Voices
4 August 2014

Natasha teaches English at Southern Cross Campus in Mangere. She gives us a taste of her teaching experiences.

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Kai Fürst, 2013 Cohort (Mathematics)

Voices
1 August 2014

Kai takes us on the journey that led him to joining Teach First NZ, as well as his experiences in school so far.

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Yolande Thom featured in the Education Review Series

Voices - Publications - In the media
15 July 2014

Yolande Thom, from our 2013 Inaugural Cohort, reflects on her first year of teaching English at Tamaki College.

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Jayne Ferguson, 2014 Cohort (Chemistry)

Voices
11 July 2014

Jayne teaches Chemistry at Kelston Boys High School. She tells us about how and why she came to join Teach First NZ, and what it has been like so far. 

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Dan Sperber, 2014 Cohort (English)

Voices
30 May 2014

Dan takes us on the journey of his first few months teaching English at his school.

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Teach First NZ & Tangaroa College

Voices - Partner stories
14 May 2014

Teach First NZ is proud to serve Tangaroa College in Auckland's Otara. In 2014, three Teach First NZ participants are teaching in the school.

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Hema Ram, 2014 Cohort (Mathematics)

Voices - In the media
13 May 2014

Te Kuaka, a University of Auckland Faculty of Education Publication, digs a little deeper into the reason behind Hema's decision to become a Teach First NZ participant. 

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Lauren Jessup, 2014 Cohort (Physics)

Voices
6 May 2014

Lauren Jessup graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physics. She is now teaching Physics at Tikipunga High School in Whangarei.

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William Watling at the 2014 ASB Polyfest

Voices
21 March 2014

Many Teach First NZ participants get involved in their school’s ASB Polyfest contribution. William Watling from our 2014 Cohort shares his involvement with his school’s Tongan group.

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Rikihana Gurnick, 2014 Cohort (Chemistry)

Voices
28 February 2014

Rikihana Gurnick describes her experience as a Teach First NZ participant in Tangaroa College.

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Teach First, Sleep Later

Voices
12 February 2014

Sarah Watt, from the 2014 cohort, walks us through the journey of the new participants so far.

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Jason Sharma, 2014 Cohort (Mathematics)

Voices
11 February 2014

Being a Teach First NZ participant not only offers me a viable career option but also the opportunity to go back to the communities I grew up in and make a difference there.

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Jonathan Wieland, 2014 Cohort (Mathematics)

Voices
11 February 2014

"When I found out about Teach First NZ, it was huge. I was blown away that something like this existed, and all the values they spoke of, I was like "Hey, that's what I think!" It felt like it was made for me.

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Esther Rakete, 2013 Cohort (Te Reo Māori)

Voices
20 January 2014

Esther reflects that becoming a Teach First NZ participant has been as much about learning as it has been about teaching. She recognises that one of the most important aspects to becoming an effective teacher and leader is being willing to unpeel your own layers to critique yourself, and being open to difference.

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Hannah Lees, 2013 Cohort (English)

Voices
21 June 2013

“Being a learner and a teacher at the same time is very empowering; I am not only making a commitment to my students, but also to myself”.

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Nadeen Papali’i, 2013 Cohort (Mathematics)

Voices
25 February 2013

“I can already see that the skills I will develop through Teach First NZ are going to be directly applicable to a broad range of projects I might want to get involved with in the future.”

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Rebecca McGrath, 2013 Cohort (English)

Voices
12 February 2013

With a diverse range of life experiences, Rebecca comes to Teach First NZ with a passion to pursue teaching, attracted by the ethos and vision of Teach First NZ.

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Josh Irving, 2013 Cohort (English)

Voices
4 February 2013

For Josh, originally from Wellington, Teach First NZ has provided an opportunity to learn himself, and to share what he learns with others, in an environment where he can make a positive difference to young people and their families.

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Francesca Lee, 2013 Cohort (Chemistry)

Voices
1 February 2013

Born and bred in West Auckland, Francesca is currently teaching Chemistry/Science at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate in Otara, Auckland. Teach First NZ aligned with Francesca's aspirations to make a real contribution to the local community.

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Sam Butterfield, Teach First (UK)

Voices
11 July 2012

Sam teaches at The Dearne Advanced Learning Centre in Barnsley, South Yorkshire (UK), located in the heart of an ex-mining community struggling with third-generation unemployment and deprivation, where nearly 30% of pupils are eligible for government-funded free school meals.

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Kiran Gill, Teach First (UK)

Voices
20 April 2012

Kiran Gill teaches at Bethnal Green Technology College, a London school in a low-income community that has seen significant transformation over the last ten years despite facing many difficult challenges.

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A day in the life of…

Voices
15 February 2012

"It's not just a 9 to 5 job..." Watch eight teachers from the USA, the UK and China speak about the ups and downs of life as programme participants.

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Amit Lahon, Teach First (UK)

Voices
10 January 2012

I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted to do after university, so Teach First gave me an opportunity to contribute meaningfully to education while also developing some valuable leadership skills.

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Mervin Kissoon, Teach First (UK)

Voices
10 January 2012

Mervin Kissoon is a 2009 Teach First ambassador, who graduated from the University of Oxford and is teaching Design Technology at Paddington Academy in London.

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Holly Rose, Teach First (UK)

Voices
10 January 2012

The Summer Institute is where it all starts; it’s where that shared sense of purpose is forged and where you start building the networks that will go on to be so important. But, whether it is six weeks or six years, no amount of training can completely prepare you for those first few weeks and how tough it’s going to be.

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Igraine Ridley-Smith, Teach For Australia

Voices
10 January 2012

Igraine Ridley-Smith has been recognised for outstanding achievement in her school community by winning the “New Educator of the Year” award at the ACT Public Education Excellence Awards 2012.

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